Leeds BID Appoints Chief Executive

Andrew Cooper the newly appointed CEO of Leeds BID.

Leeds is one of the best places in the UK to do business.

So says Andrew Cooper who has been appointed Chief Executive of the Leeds Business Improvement District (BID) company.

The 43-year-old will be responsible for leading the work of the BID as it invests more than £12 million in the city centre over the next five years.  The BID will be working to make the city centre a cleaner, brighter, safer place; raising the profile by improving standards and adding value through a strategic series of high profile, diverse events and marketing.

Andrew, who hails from Nottingham and has worked around the UK, has a strong track record in business and retail and is well versed in the important work of BIDs in this country. He has been Chief Executive of the Bath BID since 2011, where he helped secure over £4m of economic investment in the UNESCO World Heritage city. He is credited with putting Bath on the map thanks to a host of high profile business events, including Bath In Fashion and the Great Bath Feast, which both won awards.

Before that, Andrew was the City Centre manager of Bath, and Town Centre manager of Strafford-upon-Avon; earlier in his career, he cut his teeth at Boots the Chemist head office in Nottingham where he held a variety of posts ranging from retail distribution to marketing and operations.

Keith Ramsay, interim CEO of Leeds BID said that Andrew’s appointment marked an exciting first step forward. “We are incredibly ambitious about what we want to achieve for the Leeds BID area over the next five years. Andrew’s extensive experience will be a tremendous asset for Leeds. He has a superb track record in working with businesses, running high performing organisations and delivering great results.”

Andrew said that developments in retail and office in recent years proved that the city was out of the recession and energetic to do business on a national and international stage.  “The completion of Trinity and the development of Victoria Gate as well as offices on Whitehall and Wellington Street prove that this is a city with ambition and hunger to grow,” he said.

“Leeds has fantastic potential to improve further and become an even bigger player.  I am coming without any pre-conceived ideas and a fresh eye which I hope will work in the city’s favour.”

He said that the BID’s investment and initiatives will act as an important catalyst for further positive change and said one of his first roles would be to meet businesses to hear their views about the challenges and opportunities facing the city.

“My first exercise will be to listen and to take on board what the businesses tell me and make sure the BID gives them a real voice and opportunity to influence key decisions about what happens in the city centre.  Experience tells me the best way to do this is for everyone to work together for the same aim.”

The new chair of Leeds BID, Prew Lumley said: “Leeds BID is ambitious in its intent to raise standards and the profile of the city.   It is a task that demands the highest calibre of individual; one who understands the needs of diverse business sectors and has a proven track record, yet is willing to think creatively and act radically to harness every element Leeds BID area has to offer.

“Andrew Cooper has already proved, as CEO of Bath BID, that he can communicate with all sectors and levels of business, respect their differing needs, yet challenge them to step outside their comfort zone to create a better city for the benefit of all its citizens.”